What holiday is on May 8th?

May 8th celebrates the liberation of territories and countries occupied by Germany at the end of the second world war. I know it's an official holiday in France and in Czech Republic. Don't know where else.


Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day or VE Day) was on May 8, 1945, the date when the World War II Allies formally accepted the unconditional surrender of the armed forces of Nazi Germany and the end of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. In the United Kingdom, more than one million people celebrated in the streets to mark the end of the European part of the war.

In the United States, President Harry Truman, who turned 61 that day, dedicated the victory to the memory of his predecessor, Franklin D. Roosevelt, who had died of a cerebral hemorrhage less than a month earlier, on 12 April.

As the Soviet Union was to the east of Germany it was actually May 9, Moscow Time, when German military surrender became effective, which is why Eastern European countries like Russia and former Soviet republics commemorate Victory Day on May 9 instead of May 8.

MAY 8th as a Public Holiday:

  • United Kingdom - 1995 May Day Bank Holiday was moved from 1 May to 8 May to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the ending of the Second World War.
  • The former East Germany as Tag der Befreiung (Day of liberation), a public holiday from 1950 to 1966 and in 1985. Between 1975 and 1990, as Tag des Sieges (Victory Day (May 9)).
  • The German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, since 2002, a commemorative day as Tag der Befreiung vom Nationalsozialismus und der Beendigung des 2. Weltkrieges (Day of Liberation from National Socialism, and the End of the 2nd World War)[2].
  • France
  • Slovakia as Deň víťazstva nad fašizmom (Victory over Fascism Day)
  • Czech Republic as Den vítězství or Den osvobození (Day of liberation)
  • Norway as "Frigjøringsdagen" (Liberation Day)
  • Denmark (May 5) as "Befrielsen" (The Liberation)
  • The Netherlands (May 5) as "Bevrijdingsdag" (Liberation Day)